MOSCOW, November 7 (RIA Novosti) — The current increase in terrorist group activity is linked to the de-facto collapse of the global anti-terrorist coalition and the lack of cooperation between the United States, NATO and Russia in this sphere, Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha said Friday.
"The increase in activities of the terrorist groups, the emergence of new cohesive and coordinated organizations is the result of the efforts by several countries which have caused the de-facto collapse of the anti-terrorist coalition. And those joint efforts that had been taken after the known terrorist attacks in the US, and the joint actions, and the information exchange, and the planning of joint operations – all of that is in the past now, unfortunately," Bordyuzha told journalists.
The CSTO secretary general stressed that personal ambitions of several leaders and groups now prevail over common goals. "There is no cooperation between NATO and the Russian services anymore, there is no cooperation with the US and amid all of this, these anti-terrorist organizations are flourishing," Bordyuzha said.
On October 20, addressing the issues of international anti-terrorism cooperation, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow is continuing to aid Iraq and Syria in their struggle against the Islamic State – a Sunni militant group that has seized vast territories in both countries. He added that Russia is ready to take part in a coalition to fight the IS, but only through the United Nations Security Council.
Lavrov also stressed that NATO has also refused to cooperate with the CSTO in stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan.
The CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance formed in 1992 with six members at present: Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus, as well as two observer states – Afghanistan and Serbia.
The organization's goals include developing political and military cooperation, combating international terrorism and the trafficking of drugs and weapons.